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World of Pearls

No longer limited to simple strands, pearls are taking the jewelry world by storm.

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Pearls have been getting around lately, from high fashion catwalks to it-girls’ curated ear stacks and even on the auction block, as a historical treasure of Marie Antoinette’s is slated for sale in November. Many of these pieces are aspirational, but the message is clear: the public wants to see what the pearl can do!

Ray Griffiths (ABOVE) 

18K yellow gold jewelry by Ray Griffiths including multi-wrap Tahitian pearl necklace with crownwork finial on oxidized silver chain ($8,595), crownwork olive necklace on oxidized silver chain ($3,465 and $6,270), oxidized silver Emperor Soto of Syria coin set in four corner small crownwork frame necklace ($2,970), ball earrings on teardrop post with half round pave champagne diamonds (2.93 TCW) and half crownwork detail ($11,495), crownwork ring with 22K Roman coin ($3,400), large crownwork set opal ring ($9,350), double crownwork oxidized silver link bracelet with gold crownwork link and diamond set toggle ($3,575), and crownwork frame coin bracelet with diamond set toggle ($8,350). Contact kirsten@raygriffiths.com or (212) 689-7209, raygriffiths.com

Photographer: John Tsiavis
Stylist: David Bonney
Model: Manon Crespi

Earring Evolution

The pearl earring is the little black dress of jewelry: ever-versatile, always appropriate, and endlessly appealing. They’ve graced the lobes of everyone from world leaders to leading ladies, aristocrats to actual art (just ask Vermeer). These cutting-edge pearl earrings show that this classic category still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Baggins

18K white gold earrings with Tahitian pearls and diamonds.

$2,600

(213) 624-2277, bagginspearls.com

Jessica Arden

18K gold earrings with pearls and coral.

$1,125

jessicaardenjewelry.com

Veronica Eckert Studio

18K white gold earrings with white South Sea pearls and diamonds (0.47 TCW).

$3,800

(425) 233-9014, veronicaeckert.com

Melis Goral

14K rose gold earrings with pearl, diamonds, and turquoise.

$2,175

(201) 248-0800, melisgoral.com

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Danhov

18K rose gold and platinum earrings with diamonds and pearls (pearls not included).

$13,000

(708) 590-6777, danhov.com

Zhulia

14K white gold earrings with diamonds (0.824 TCW) and golden South Sea pearls.

$7,000

(760) 889-8016, zhulia.com

Nanna Schou

18K yellow gold earrings with multicolored Keshi pearls.

$3,900

+0045 -20118349, nannaschou.dk

Honora

Sterling silver hoop earrings with white freshwater pearls and black diamonds (0.246 TCW).

$440

(212) 886-6251, honora.com

Assael

18K rose gold earrings with Tahitian natural color cultured pearls and bi-color tourmaline (21.40 TCW).

$36,000

(212) 819-0060, assael.com

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Pearl Whirl

These alluring little orbs have fascinated humans for many hundreds of years. It stands to reason that we’ve gotten quite good at imagining these lustrous lovelies into different designs by now. These designs illustrate the staggering variety that can be packed into as deceptively simple a descriptor as “pearl jewelry.”

Mastoloni

18K yellow gold bangle with freshwater pearls.

$2,029

(800) 347-3275, mastoloni.com

Sutra

18K rose gold necklace with pearls (129 TCW) and diamonds (45.50 TCW).

$110,000

(713) 984-4987, sutrajewels.com

The Pearl Source

14K white gold necklace with pearl and diamonds.

$1,799

(866) 877-3275, thepearlsource.com

Imperial Pearl

14K yellow gold ring with freshwater seed pearls.

$565

(401) 223-4180, imperialpearl.com

Estelle Vernon Designs

Sterling silver necklace with white freshwater pearl.

$390

(240) 704-8150, estellevernon.com

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KIR

Sterling silver bracelet with black spinel and Tahitian pearls.

$835

(303) 530-1268, kircollection.com

Stellino Jewels

Sterling silver bracelet with freshwater pearls.

$480

(646) 322-8473, stellinojewels.com

Little H

14K yellow gold necklace with freshwater souffle pearl, lapis (5.22 TCW), and 22K gold.

$4,050

(424) 349-8203, littlehjewelry.com

Yoko London

18K white gold necklace with Australian South Sea and Tahitian pearls and diamonds (2.98 TCW).

$63,000

+44 20 7025 0700, yokolondon.com

Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.

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From Bracelets to Sparkling Man-Bling, Here’s the Latest in Men’s Jewelry

Upgrade the dress code in your man cave.

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The time has come for all men to embrace jewelry. It doesn’t matter if you’re not actually a king, a pirate, or a legendary musician: you can still shine like one.

John Varvatos (ABOVE)

Model Aly Ndiaye wears jewelry by John Varvatos, including wide silver cuff with distressed texture and amorphous turquoise, $1,998; and brass shank ring with silver threaded center, $298. robert@johnvarvatosjewelry.com, johnvarvatos.com. PHOTOGRAPHER: Hao Zaing AGENCY: Red

Wrist Watch

Bracelets are the perfect starter accessory for a man who’s jewelry-curious but still a little hesitant about rocking bold bling. Any of these bracelets could nestle discreetly next to a timepiece or fly solo on an otherwise unadorned wrist, according to the wearer’s wishes.

Cat Bates

Braided, hand-dyed nylon cord bracelet with brass brummel hook clasp.

$115

(207) 286-4397, catbates.com

Vahan

Sterling silver bracelet with black onyx.

$1,875

(914) 937-1800, vahanjewelry.com

Roberto Demeglio

18K rose gold and black ceramic bracelet with one champagne diamond.

$398

(212) 575-0213, robertodemeglio.com

Dunitz & Company

Suede leather and Czech glass beaded bracelet.

$26

(323) 769-8600, dunitz.com

Phillip Gavriel

Sterling silver bracelet with tiger’s eye.

$685

(800) 622-0960, phillipgavriel.com

Italgem Steel

Coffee ion plated stainless steel cable and Italian leather bracelet with 18K yellow gold inlay.

$300

(514) 388-5777, italgemsteel.com

Elisa Ilana

Bracelet with turritella agate, Dzi bead, and 14K yellow gold-filled accents.

$149

(402) 926-3479, elisailana.com

Quality Gold

Antiqued stainless steel bracelet with polished black leather.

$85

(513) 642-2446, qgold.com

Samuel B

Sterling silver bracelet with 18K yellow gold.

$876

(516) 466-1826, samuelb.com

 

Daring Dudes

For the gentleman who’s ready to roll with all kinds of rocks, these pieces represent a sampling of the marvelous man-bling currently available. From cufflinks to concrete, we’ve rounded up a little bit of everything for those fashionable fellows who aren’t afraid to sparkle.

Nambe

Sterling silver ring.

$275

(800) 443-0339, nambe.com

Keith Jack

Sterling silver and 10K gold pendant with white topaz and sterling silver chain.

$319

(604) 971-4367, keithjack.com

GiGi Ferranti

Sterling silver cufflinks with black diamonds and malachite.

$975

(718) 251-1614, gigiferrantijewelry.com

John Varvatos Jewelry

Sterling silver and blue tiger’s eye necklace.

$498

(646) 795-1207, johnvarvatos.com

Dana Bronfman

18K yellow gold and palladium white gold ring with diamonds (0.32 TCW).

$6,250

sales@danabronfman.com, danabronfman.com

Johnny Nelson Jewelry

18K yellow gold plated sterling silver earring with 14K gold screw post.

$175

(917) 602-2860, johnnynelson.nyc

Onirikka

Silver frog cufflinks with enamel and sapphires.

$125

(561) 451-5092, onirikka.com

Ricardo Basta

Platinum ring with yellow diamonds (0.39 TCW), white diamonds (0.58 TCW), and a 2.29-carat color change sapphire.

$14,200

(310) 278-4792, ricardobasta.com

Miles McNeel

Concrete dog tag pendant necklace with black spinel, sapphire, white diamonds, moonstone, and orange and blue labradorite. Includes a hematite and labradorite beaded chain.

$3,400

(310) 808-5572, milesmcneel.com

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December’s Latest Jewelry Releases Are Here

Discover these elegant December pieces.

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Powerful Petites

Loriann Jewelry’s new Moderne Collection is the perfect style for our cultural moment: extremely wearable but bold and radiating strength. These little beauties are all power angles and negative space, the ideal adornment for a badass woman on the go who likes to show spirit in her accessories. loriannjewelry.com

$1,235

Rhodium-plated sterling silver earrings with lapis

Wear the Ocean Blue

Belle Etoile is known for lovely, wearable designs that don’t break the bank, and the exciting new Adina Collection is another home run. These dreamy designs feature deep blue lapis paired with sparkling stones and shining silver, a stunning combination that evokes the boundless sea. belleetoilejewelry.com

$325

14K yellow gold ring with sapphire and diamonds (0.12 TCW)

Newly Essential

Inspired by the designer’s love of simple, beautiful diamond pavé designs, John Atencio’s Essence collection heralds a return to refined elegance. These clean, polished jewels are the kind of truly timeless treasure any collector can appreciate. johnatencio.com

$1,235

18K yellow gold necklace with diamonds (0.12 TCW)

Eighteen Karat Magic

Designer Susan Highsmith’s understated gold jewelry doesn’t shout for attention, but one glance will have you coming back for a second and a third look. With intricate, hand-carved details and lots of texture, these easy-to-love designs are sure to resonate with discerning jewelry lovers. susanhighsmith.com

$3,200

Steel pendant with diamond

Pop the Question

Created in conjunction with Engagement 101’s Propose Too initiative, this pendant by Chris Ploof is a chic way for the proudly engaged man to show the world he’s taken. Perfect either for a proposal or as an after-the-fact engagement gift, we love this piece as a way for anyone in love to honor this important milestone.
engagement101.com

$99

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Interlocking Ring Stacks, Blacksmith-Created Jewelry and More New Collections for November

Check out the latest jewelry collection releases.

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14K yellow gold ring with amethyst.

Turn This Paige

Leslie Smith of Leslie Paige is a pastry chef turned jewelry designer who has made an immediate splash with her already iconic “perched setting” ring. Her eye-catching trademark ring literally turns convention on its side by angling a gemstone sideways to showcase the back as well as the front. lesliepaigejewelry.com

$2,640

Sterling silver earrings with iolite.

Gorgeous Gioielli

Elisa Melegari is an Italian bench jeweler and designer whose swirling, elegant designs are inspired by both her hometown and the romantic classicism of the Italian Renaissance. Traditional craftsmanship meets modern romance in this wearable and utterly lovely line. elisamelegari.com

$260

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Adorn Yourself

Adornia’s cheeky, cheerful enamel jewelry is a whimsical throwback that any fun-loving jewelry aficionado is sure to find irresistible. This line is an array of cute but not saccharine delights at price points that will keep a smile on anyone’s face. adornia.com

14K yellow gold plated necklace set with enamel.

$48

Sterling silver pendant finished in 14K yellow gold.

Bold as Brass

E.W. Martingale is a collection of heirloom-quality necklaces inspired by the beauty and powerful symbolic meaning of traditional horse brasses. In true Kentucky style, these distinctive and wearable pieces are created by a local blacksmith. ewmartingale.com

$188

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Interlocking ring stack in white ceramic and surgical steel with rose gold-toned ION plating and Swarovski elements.

Superior Stacking

Bering’s Arctic Symphony ring collection offers versatile, cost-effective, and beautiful pieces for both men and women who want a luxurious look that comes with built-in options. The unique “Twist and Change” system allows the wearer to switch the rings around or even add completely new inner rings to evolve the style over time! beringtime.com/us

$149

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